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According to a report by ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan is headed to the Detroit Tigers, taking his 341 career saves to the Motor City. That number ties him for 10th on Major League Baseball's all-time list, behind some iconic closers -- and a few sneaky savers who finished off games for several teams during long careers.
Can you name the top 10 and ties? We've already given you one name ...
Trade: Prince Fielder to Rangers
A big trade hit baseball on Wednesday night, and when we say "big," we don't just mean the implications. The Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder, one of MLB's more sizable stars, is moving to the Texas Rangers, along with $30 million, in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The deal on the field seems like a win for Texas; they get Fielder, still a solid hitter even if his power has waned of late, and also clear a spot for promising youngster Jurickson Profar. But Detroit saves more than $70 million, potentially allowing them to sign reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.
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Will the Rangers regroup in 2014?
Had they beaten the Rays in Monday night's one-game playoff, the 2013 Texas Rangers would have been remembered for winning their final seven regular-season games and snapping out of a month-long tailspin. But Tampa Bay's 5-2 win made that effort a footnote to the Rangers' second straight September free fall. There's plenty of blame to go around, but remember this: In the past decade, when the Red Sox and Mets collapsed down the stretch, managers Terry Francona and Willie Randolph lost their respective jobs. Will Texas skipper Ron Washington keep his?
AL wild-card race down to the wire
Two wins separate the three teams in the American League wild-card race, and nothing is out of the question -- including a three-way tie for two playoff spots. The Rays seem to have the advantage, with a one-game lead over the Indians and a six-game win streak. But the Indians also have won six straight and finish with four games at the woeful Twins. As for the Rangers? They're one game behind the Indians but temporarily halted their monthlong plunge -- three games against the Astros will do that -- and stayed alive. Will they win out at home and keep the pressure on Tampa Bay and Cleveland?
Will Rangers make the playoffs?
Whew. It's over. At least, the Texas Rangers' seven-game losing skid is, after Ron Washington's team finally led, then finally won, 7-1 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Still, Texas -- which fell Wednesday -- has dropped 13 of 16 games, conjuring up memories of last September, when the Rangers went 15-13 and lost the AL West lead in the final week of the season. The sudden fall has allowed the Oakland Athletics to run off with the division lead and put Texas's wild-card hopes in jeopardy. Will the Rangers turn it around in time or watch October baseball from the sidelines?